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    Aussies dominate Asia Hotel Design Awards

    Nathan Johnson

    The inaugural Asia Hotel Design Awards were announced on March 12 at the Parkroyal on Pickering Singapore, honouring the work of architects, designers and hotel operators in Asia and Australia.

    Projects from Australia’s LAYAN DESIGN GROUP, Shed Architects and Dreamtime Australia Design were announced on the roll-call of 13 category winners which also included hotel designs from China, Singapore and Japan. 

    The program’s top honour, The Asia Hotel Design of the Year award, went to Australian-born LAYAN DESIGN GROUP for their PuYu Wuhan Hotel design in China. The 330 room five star boutique hotel also took out the Interior Design - Event Space (Conference, Banqueting & Meetings), the Architecture - Newbuild (urban) and the Interior Design - Lobby, Lounge & Public Areas category prizes.

    Shed Architects were awarded the ‘Architecture - Historical Building’ category prize for their conversion of the ‘1888 Hotel’ in Sydney. The architects’ overt reference of the building’s history as a woolshed—including the restoration of its internal ironbark beams, pillars and period windows—obviously impressed the judges.

    The Woods at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney took out the Interior Design - Cafe Bar or All Day Dining category and its designers, Dreamtime Australia Design were successful ahead of two Chinese, one Korean and one Thai project.

    Commenting on this year’s award, Matt Turner, Editor-in-chief of Sleeper Magazine, said: “The criterion for success in these awards was based not only on creative excellence, but also on commercial viability. As well as projects that were aesthetically impressive, the judges looked for evidence that the designs would also meet the needs of client and customers alike. All the submissions were impressive and I am delighted to say that our winning entries were truly outstanding.”

    Full list of winners:

    Architecture - Historical Building -1888 Hotel, Sydney, Australia by Shed Architects (images: Kata Bayer)

    Architecture - Newbuild (resort) - Aqua Mekong Luxury River Cruise Boat, Mekong River by Noor (image: Aqua Expeditions)

    Architecture - Newbuild (urban) - The PuYu, Wuhan, China by Layan Design Group (image: supplied)

    Interior Design - Bar - Manhattan Bar, Regent Hotel Singapore by Distillery (image: archijuice)

    Interior Design - Bedrooms & Bathrooms - The Ritz Carlton - Kyoto by Remedios Studio (image: supplied)

    Interior Design - Cafe Bar or All Day Dining - The Woods at Four Seasons Sydney by Dreamtime Australia Design (image: Four Seasons)

    Interior Design - Lobby, Lounge & Public Areas -The Puyu Wuhan by Layan Design Group

    Interior Design - Restaurant - Shinsen at Shangri-La Shenyang by Stickman Tribe

    Interior Design - Event Space (Conference, Banqueting & Meetings) - The PuYu Wuhan by Layan Design Group (image: supplied)

    Interior Design - Spa & Wellness - Chi Spa & Pool Shangri-La Lhasa Tibet by LTW Designworks

    Interior Design - Suite - Naumi Hotel Singapore by White Jacket (image: The Australian)

    The Outstanding Contribution Award - Jaya Ibrahim

    The Asia Hotel Design of the Year - The PuYu Wuhan by Layan Design Group (image: supplied)

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